Ackland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Ackland is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or near a prominent grove of oak trees. The name Ackland literally means oak-land. The branch of the family that originated in Devon is said to have been named for a particular grove near their seat at Acland Barton in Landkey.

Early Origins of the Ackland family

The surname Ackland was first found in Devon, where "Acland, which gave name to this ancient family, is now a farm in the parish of Landkey." [1] "Acland, or rather Aukeland, as taking name from a grove of oaks, for by such an one the house is seated, and hath given name and long habitation to the clarous family of Aclands, which have many ages here flourished in a worshipful degree." [1] Hugh de Accalen is the first recorded ancestor in 1155. The aforementioned farm still exists and is about 3/4 mile north-east of the village of Landkey.

Important Dates for the Ackland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackland research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1644, 1553, 1613, 1626, 1591, 1647, 1573, 1610, 1649, 1636, 1655, 1672, 1714, 1697, 1728, 1722, 1785, 1714, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Ackland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ackland Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ackland has been spelled many different ways, including Acland, Aukland, Aclands, Ackland, Acklands and many more.

Early Notables of the Ackland family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John VI Acland (died 1553) who was described as "the first of the (Acland) family to emerge from the shadows of history as a visible human being." Sir John Acland (d. 1613), was the second son of John Acland, of Acland in Landkey, Devonshire. "From his mother he obtained considerable landed property in the neighbourhood of London, and increased his fortune by marrying Elizabeth, the daughter of George Rolle, of Stevenston, in Devon, and the widow of Robert Mallet, of Woolleigh in the same county. " [2] Anthony Acland (died 1626), was an English...
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Ackland migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Acklands to arrive in North America:

Ackland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George and Mary Ackland who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • George Ackland, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Mary Ackland, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • George Ackland, who landed in Virginia in 1624 [3]
  • Georg Ackland, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ackland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Ackland, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Thomas R. Ackland, who settled in Philadelphia in 1854

Ackland migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ackland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ackland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • James Ackland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Susanna Ackland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Surrey" in 1838 [4]
  • Robert Ackland, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [5]
  • Sarah Ackland, aged 26, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ackland migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ackland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William N. Ackland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harkaway" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd June 1857 [6]
  • Charles Ackland, aged 44, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Eliza Ackland, aged 41, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Maria Ackland, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • William Ackland, aged 18, a brickmaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Ackland (post 1700)

  • Thomas Gilbank Ackland (1791-1844), English divine educated at the Charterhouse and St. John's College, Cambridge [7]
  • Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland CBE (b. 1928), English actor who has appeared in more than 130 films
  • Rodney Ackland (1908-1991), English playwright and screenwriter
  • Thomas Henry Ackland, Australian surgeon, Victoria, Australia
  • Valentine Ackland (1906-1969), British poet
  • Ronald Charles "Ron" Ackland (1934-2013), New Zealand rugby league footballer and coach who represented his country in the 1957 and 1960 World Cups and coached his country in the 1977 World Cup
  • Oliver Ackland (b. 1979), Australian actor
  • Richard John Ackland (b. 1958), New Zealand rugby coach
  • John Ackland (1890-1958), Western Australian politician
  • Janet Ackland, Welsh bronze medalist bowler at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, member of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SURRY/SURREY 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Surry-Surrey.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CATHERINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Catherine.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
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